About ACA

About ACA

The American Counseling Association is a not-for-profit, professional and educational organization that is dedicated to the growth and enhancement of the counseling profession. Founded in 1952, ACA is the world's largest association exclusively representing professional counselors in various practice settings.


8 Ways ACA Helped Counselors Help Others in 2018

2018 ACA Annual Report Infographic

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What Is Counseling?

According to 20/20: A Vision for the Future of Counseling, the delegates comprised of 31 counseling organizations agreed upon a unified definition of counseling: Professional counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals.

Divisions, Branches, and Regions

There are 18 chartered divisions within the American Counseling Association. These divisions provide leadership, resources and information unique to specialized areas and/or principles of counseling.  ACA has four regions, which serves members in those regions.  Lastly, ACA has 56 chartered branches in the U.S., Europe, and Latin America.  Please click the following links to get more information about ACA's Divisions, Branches, and Regions.

Policies, Bylaws & Forms

ACA Articles of Incorporation and Amendments
ACA Articles of Incorporation - August 1952 

ACA Bylaws
Bylaws - March 2015

ACA Policies Manual
Policy Manual - May 2019

ACA Code of Ethics

2014 ACA Code of Ethics

ACA Nominations and Elections Handbook - February 2020
2020-2021 ACA Nominations and Election Handbook Feb 2020

Code of Leadership Conduct

ACA Code of Leadership Conduct

Past Meeting Minutes
APGA/AACD/ACA Governance Meeting Minutes

Governing Council Motions
Governing Council Motions - 2003-Present (June 2020)

IRS Form 1023, Exemption Application

IRS Tax Exemption Letter for ACA

IRS Tax Exemption Letter for ACA Group (ACA divisions that are listed)

IRS Form 990 - ACA 2018 Public Version

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    Our Community Gathers: A Conversation with Counselors about Mental Health in 2020 | 9/17/2020 from 7-9 p.m. EDT

    by Katrina Lee | Sep 17, 2020
    Practicing Self-Care | Supporting Counselors of Color

    Counselors are helping clients cope with the trauma resulting from racism, stress, and COVID-19 while also dealing with their personal and professional well-being.

    On Thursday, September 17, 2020, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, the American Counseling Association will hold space for counselors to:

    • Share their concerns, grief, and struggle to maintain
    • Hear from others and grow in solidarity
    • Experience expert panelists sharing advice, self-care practices, and encouragement for this unprecedented time


    • Dr. Beverly O’Bryant
    • Dr. Courtland Lee
    • Dr. Gerald Corey
    • Dr. Ebony White
    • Dr. Mark Scholl
    • Dr. Anneliese Singh
    • Dr. Selma Yznaga 
    • Dr. Sue Pressman will open.
    • Dr. S. Kent Butler will facilitate.

    The presentation will last two hours and include reflections and responses from panelists and include time for sharing, comments, and questions.

    It is our hope that counselors learn how to stay empowered to do their work and that they are supported in their exhaustion and grief. Join Us: